I didn’t damage my wallet too badly at the Madrona marketplace and I tried to be mindful about what I bought.

My delight was finding vendors that I’d never known about and seeing vendors in person that I’ve only shopped on line.

 

My first stop was The Artful Ewe. Before you look, know that they don’t sell their batts on line.

I bought three gorgeous batts

Artful Ewe luxury fiber batt

 

This batt has baby alpaca, silk, cashmere, merino and BFL. After I bought it, I carried this batt around telling people to touch it. I’m thinking a fine-ish worsted spun to make something that touches my skin, a cowl or scarf or something.

 

 

 

 

 

Artful Ewe mixed wool batt - light blue

 

The light and dark blue batts have a mixture of wools and mohair.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artful Ewe mixed wool batt - dark blue

 

I want to use them together for a shawl.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dark blue yak roving

 

I found yak roving at the Artful Ewe too. I bought some for Amy because it’s on her list of ‘can spins’.

 

 

 

 

 

Jenkins Turkish Delight

 

I had one thing on my shopping list – a Jenkins Turkish Delight spindle. I fell in love with this one – it’s Oregon Myrtle and weighs 17gms. I bought it from Carolina Homespun.

 

 

 

 

Next I shopped at a favorite fiber dyer that I’ve never seen in person, Woolgatherings.

Woolgatherings mixed BFL

 

I love Kate’s color sense and frankly I resisted buying one of everything in her booth. Instead I bought two braids of the same colorway, because I love the intense light blue and orange together.

I have no idea what I’ll do with these. Maybe I have something that will go with it in my stash and will turn it into a vest or cardigan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I bought a little yarn too, some Goth Socks and some Brooklyn Tweed Loft. I thought I was done. Except Saturday I was taking a last pass through the market and some fiber caught me. I petted, yet managed to walk away.

But then I dreamed about it, so I had to go back. One last dash to the marketplace right before I got on my shuttle to the airport.

Huckleberry Knits

 

Two braids, one polwarth and one BFL from Huckleberry Knits. I love the colors and the fiber is crazy-well prepared. I want to draft them together, woolen and chubby.

 

 

 

 

 

That’s it. I actually spent less than my budget, go figure.

I can’t wait to dig in and start spinning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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8 Responses to Spinning Tuesdays: My Madrona Haul and What I’m Going to Do with It

  1. Nora says:

    Jillian, did you really say you were going to spin something WORSTED??? :D

  2. Seanna Lea says:

    Congrats on being under budget! I was able to do that the one time I managed to get to Rhinebeck. It feels surprisingly good not to gorge.

  3. SeattleSuze says:

    Oh, those batts!!! And Woolgatherings – Kate is one of my very favorite dyers. Lucky you.

  4. Meg says:

    Yum, yum and more yum. I can’t wait to see what the Wool Gatherings gets to be. That’s my kind of retail therapy!!!

  5. Leila Wice says:

    Gorgeous, gorgeous. Thanks for the loving and informative descriptions. One thought– remember to flip the shaft when you use your Turkish, so the arms of the whorl curve downward. Looking forward to hearing more as the fiber transforma. Enjoy!

  6. Cindy Holben says:

    I’m lucky enough to live 30 minutes from the Artful Ewe. Heide does beautiful work. You are lucky to score some Goth Socks- they sell out almost instantly.

  7. Renee Cook says:

    Oh my word!! I just checked out Woolgatherings offerings on Etsy because I loved the fiber you purchased and I hoped to find some for me. How did you ever manage to stay within your budget?! The colorways are among the most beautiful I’ve ever seen. I didn’t see your colorway in the store, but I found many others that will do nicely!

  8. Monica says:

    Love it all! I am fortunate to know Scarlet of Huckleberry Knits…her prep on EVERYTHING is amazing! Can not wait to see what you work up. :)

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